PLYMOUTH, Mich. - All 23 draft-eligible members of the 2022-23 U.S. National Under-18 Team and four NTDP alums were named to the National Hockey League Central Scouting's preliminary players to watch list ahead of the 2023 NHL Draft, set to take place June 28-29, 2023 at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville.
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Four current NTDP players, including forwards Ryan Leonard (Amherst, Mass.), Oliver Moore (Mounds View, Minn.), Gabe Perreault (Hinsdale, Ill.) and Will Smith (Lexington, Mass.) were listed as A-rated skaters, which indicates a first-round candidate in the draft.
Goaltenders Trey Augustine (South Lyon, Mich.) and Carsen Musser (Sherburn, Minn.), along with forwards Austin Burnevik (Blaine, Minn.) and Danny Nelson (Maple Grove, Minn.) were tabbed as B-rated skaters, indicating a second or third round selection. A bevy of defensemen joined the B-ranking in Brady Cleveland (Wausau, Wis.), Paul Fischer (River Forest, Ill.), Drew Fortescue (Pearl River, N.Y.) and Aram Minnetian (Woodcliff Lake, N.J.).
10 NTDP skaters were marked C-rated players, indicating a fourth, fifth or sixth round selection, including Charlie Cerrato (Fallston, Md.), Ryan Fine (Center Moriches, N.Y.), Salvatore Guzzo (Old Tappan, N.J.), Beckett Hendrickson (Minnetonka, Minn.), Kai Janviriya (Bloomfield Hills, Mich.), Zach Schulz (South Lyon, Mich.), Carter Slaggert (South Bend, Ind.), Nathan Tobey (Lantana, Texas), Will Vote (Arlington, Mass.) and Alex Weiermair (Los Angeles, Calif.).
Goaltender Michael Chambre (Fort Myers, Fla.), who has yet to appear in a game this season, was given a Limited Viewing ranking.
In addition, four NTDP alumni were also named to the rankings. Former NTDP forward and current University of Wisconsin Badger Charlie Stramel (Rosemount, Minn.) received an A-rating, while defenseman Hunter Brzustewicz (Washington Twp., Mich.) and forward Gracyn Sawchyn (Chaska, Minn.) earned B-ratings, and goaltender Dylan Silverstein (Calabasas, Calif.) was marked with an LV.
Current NTDP defenseman Zeev Buium (San Diego, Calif.) is the only underager for this year's draft and will be eligible for the 2024 NHL Draft next year.